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Sidewalks Of New York Premieres On Bowery!

The London

 

— 235 Bowery —

 
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By Larry Gertner, July 19, 2016
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Inscription.  The New Museum is the former site of the London Theatre, where in 1894 Lotte Gilson (“The Little Magnet”) first sang “The Sidewalks of New York,” an iconic song that encapsulated the feel of Manhattan’s working class neighborhoods.

The London Theatre opened 27 November, 1876. Performers whose careers were set on the paths to success here include Al Jolson, Eddie Cantor, W.C. Fields and comic duo Weber and Fields. Responding to changing demographics, the London later became a Yiddish theatre, a Chinese theatre, and an Italian opera house.

The Bowery’s musical connections also include American musical theatre pioneers Harrigan and Hart; songwriter Irving Berlin (“White Christmas”), who worked the area as newsboy and singing waiter; and songwriter Stephen Foster ("Beautiful Dreamer”), who lived, wrote and died on the Bowery.

Many German classical works, like Wagner’s Tannhauser, had their American premieres at Bowery Theaters. In addition to punk rock’s birth at CBGB in the 1970s, the 20th century also saw folk singer Woody Guthrie playing Bowery bars during his first weeks in
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By Larry Gertner, January 18, 2008
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The New Museum, 2008
NYC as he wrote “This Land Is Your Land.” The Bowery itself inspired scores of songs, including the sardonic “The Bowery,” a song some feel hastened the street’s decline.

-Christopher Simmons, Historian & Publisher
 
Erected 2016 by Bowery Alliance of Neighbors.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Entertainment.
 
Location. 40° 43.344′ N, 73° 59.582′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is at the intersection of Bowery and Prince Street, on the right when traveling north on Bowery. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 235 Bowery, New York NY 10002, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Charles Eisenmann’s Photography Studio (within shouting distance of this marker); 140 Years Of Help And Hope (within shouting distance of this marker); Incubator For Art (within shouting distance of this marker); A Bowery Flop (within shouting distance of this marker); Italian Renaissance Palazzo On Bowery (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 200 Years & Counting (about 400 feet away); Longest-Running Catalogue In America (about 400 feet away); Cigar Factory (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
 
More about this marker. One of more than sixty entries in the “Windows on the Bowery” series.
 
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By Larry Gertner, July 19, 2016
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London Theatre, 1902
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By Larry Gertner, July 19, 2016
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Lotte Gilson (1862-1912)
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By Larry Gertner, July 19, 2016
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Blake and Lawlor’s “Sidewalk of New York” was used in Governor Alfred E. Smith’s 1928 presidential campaign.
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By Larry Gertner, July 19, 2016
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As the Caruso Theatre
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As Max Gabel's Theatre
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 10, 2019. It was originally submitted on May 3, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 99 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on May 3, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.   7. submitted on May 5, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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